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Each quarter the Akamai team delves into the volumes of data that we have at our disposal. Every time we do so we find something new and exciting, and this last quarter was by no means an exception. You might have heard of a little botnet called Mirai that set the Internet on its ear during the month of October.
For citizens of the most advanced economies, it is hard to conceptualize what being entirely cut off from the Internet would look like, let alone how it could actually happen. Is it as simple as flipping a kill switch or pressing an 'Off' button? Though unlikely in countries like the United States that have numerous independently operated providers and redundant Internet infrastructure, total shutdowns are still possible in geographies where
In February 2015, we published a blog post entitled "State of the Internet Metrics: What Do They Mean?" which itself was an update to an earlier "Clarifying State of the Internet Report Metrics" blog post, published in March 2013. The explanations in both posts are still relevant to the State of the Internet / Connectivity report series, but there are a few updates that are worth highlighting.
Gabon's ongoing "Internet curfew" is, unfortunately, representative of the new normal for Internet connectivity in some countries. After experiencing a near complete Internet outage in the country from September 1-5, connectivity returned. However, since that time, the country has put a so-called "curfew" into place, with Internet connectivity regularly disrupted each day between 6:00 PM and 6:00 AM local time.
With this issue, the start of the ninth volume of the State of the Internet Report, we are introducing several changes, with several more planned to follow in subsequent issues. The first notable change is within the regional breakout sections of the report. For the last several years, the report has included a "Geography: Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)" section, surveying a selected set of countries within those regions.
With the release of the Fourth Quarter, 2015 State of the Internet Report, we've also made a small but important update to the associated data visualization tools on www.stateoftheinternet.com. While the report itself generally covers either the top ten countries or states, or a selected set of countries/regions, we often get requests for full data sets. Researchers, journalists, folks involved in broadband initiatives, and others have asked for data on
Eight years ago, Akamai CMO Brad Rinklin called me into his office to talk about an idea he had - sharing some of Akamai's unique Internet insights with the broader community and establishing thought leadership along the way. (I even have the PowerPoint deck around somewhere, although it's buried in 17 years of Aka-files and Aka-mail.) Out of that conversation came the State of the Internet Report - we published
Monday, Akamai released the Q4 2015 State of the Internet Security (SOTI Security) Report (download here). I've been writing posts throughout the week focusing on specific parts of the report. For this installment, let's take a look at Web application attacks by industry. Related: Q4 2015 SOTI Security presentations at RSA Conference 2016 Q4 2015 SOTI Security Infographic Video: SOTI Security in 60 Seconds with Akamai CSO Andy Ellis
Yesterday, Akamai released the Q4 2015 State of the Internet Security (SOTI Security) Report (download here). I'll write posts throughout the week focusing on specific parts of the report. For this installment, let's take a look at mega-DDoS attacks from last quarter. Related: Q4 2015 SOTI Security presentations at RSA Conference 2016 Q4 2015 SOTI Security Infographic Video: SOTI Security in 60 Seconds with Akamai CSO Andy Ellis In